Special Interest Group:


April 2018 Updates

CGC Summer Institute 2018

Emerging Identities in Graduate Communication Support

June 10-12, 2018 (Evening reception June 10)

Hosted by The University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Register now or check out their website for more information. Registration closes Monday, April 30.

The Consortium on Graduate Communication (CGC) is a multidisciplinary group looking at teaching graduate-level EAP. Their annual conference will be hosted in Ann Arbor this June, with support from the U-M-Ann Arbor ELI. This conference is lauded as being extremely practical, useful, thoughtful, and specific.

Anyone who registers is welcome to participate in a 10-minute "work in progress" sharing event, but this is not required.

Promoting Equity and Excellence:

What can we do to promote greater equity and excellence in our practice?

  1. Social Class and Teacher Identity in English ClassesHow do non-nativeness, social class identity and teacher privilege affect classrooms? How can we use our power in a positive way?

  2. Rethinking the Concept of English-only Classrooms: How can we make colleagues aware that enforcing English-only classrooms can be considered a micro- aggression?

  3. Safe Spaces & Trigger Warnings vs. Academic Freedom, Free Speech & Informed Debate:

    How can we manage the tension in the debate on academic freedom & free speech

    vs. emotional discomfort & micro-aggression?

  4. Enrollment & Immigration: How can we calm students over Trump’s immigration rhetoric? What effects are you seeing at your institution?

Academic Publishing

Do you know how to avoid predatory journals? How does your institution rank journals? Do you have tips on getting published?

Be extra careful of the following:

  • unsolicited email invitations to publish your work
  • emails that your institution identifies as possible SPAM
  • claims to have your work published in three months or less
  • requirements that authors must pay a fee to have their work published


    Aneja, G.A. (2016). (Non)native speakered: Rethinking (non)nativeness and teacher identity in TESOL teacher education. TESOL Quarterly, 50(3), 572-596. doi: 10.1002/tesq.315

    Auerbach, E.R. (2016). Reflections on Auerbach (1993), “Reexamining English only in the ESL classroom”. TESOL Quarterly, 50(4), 936-939. doi: 10.1002/tesq.310

    Coady, M.R., Harper, C, & De Jong, E.J. (2016). Aiming for equity: Preparing mainstream R10.1002/tesq.223

    Downs, K. (2017 May 15). Is Trump's immigration rhetoric causing a drop in international student applications? Public Radio International. Retrieved from: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-15/trumps-immigration-rhetoric-causing-drop-international-student-admissions

    Ferguson, C.J. (2016). Inside the safe space debate. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved from: 


    Glodjo, T. (2017). Deconstructing social class identity and teacher privilege in the second language classroom. TESOL Journal, 8.2, 342-366. doi:10.1002/tesj.273

    Harris, T. (2016 May 16). How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist. Thrive Global. Retrieved from: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-technology-hijacks-peoples-minds-from-a-magician-and-google-s-design-ethicist-56d62ef5edf3

    Lukianoff, G., & Haidt, J. (2015 September). The coddling of the American mind. The Atlantic. Retrieved from:


    Mann, S. (2016 April 5)"Student 'violated university safe space rule... by raising her arm at a meeting'". Evening StandardRetrieved from: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/student-violated-university-safe-space-rule-by-raising-her-arm-at-a-meeting-a3218101.html

    Nicholson, R. (2016 November 28). "'Poor little snowflake': the defining insult of 2016". London: The Guardian. Retrieved from:


    The Evening Standard. (2017 January 24). "Londoner's Diary: Fight Club's Chuck Palahniuk: "I coined 'snowflake' and I stand by it""Retrieved from: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/londoners-diary-chuck-palahniuk-i-coined-snowflake-and-i-stand-by-it-a3448226.html

    Rumbelow, H. (2016 November 9). "Generation snowflake: Why millenials are mocked for being too delicate". Surry Hills: The Australian. [Original not available but article copied here: https://sixtofifteenpercent.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/generation-snowflake-why-millenials-are-mocked-for-being-too-delicate/]

    Thelwell, E. (5 October, 2017). “‘Teens 'rebelling against social media', say headteachers”. BBC News. Retrieved from:


    Past Post-Secondary SIG Meetings (PDFs)

    2017: Minutesreferences handout
    2016: Minutesreferences handout
    2015: Minutes, references handout

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